Kenya’s Tsavo National Park has been among the top 52 travel destinations of 2024 worldwide by the New York Times.
According to the list published, Tsavo National Park ranked 31st out of 52 destinations worth travelling to this year.
Tsavo was chosen for its nature, especially the elephants. Out of the the over 36,000 elephants in Kenya, half are located in Tsavo which attracts many tourists.
It is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world spanning a total of nearly 22,000 square metres of land.
However, the existence of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in the park has been a contributing factor to the increase in the number of elephants in the country.
“In Kenya, the elephant population has grown by 21 per cent since 2014, to a total of 36,280. Almost half live in Tsavo, home to Africa’s most successful elephant rehabilitation program, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust,” Pergament said.
New York Times Contributor Danielle Pergament noted that in 2021, African savanna elephants went from vulnerable to endangered.
“The organisation has rehabilitated and released 200 elephant orphans (120 are still in their care) and runs anti-poaching teams, builds water sources and secures vulnerable boundaries,” Pergament said.
In 2024, the trust will open the first lodge next to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, dedicated to saving the critically endangered black rhino.
Other African countries ranked were Egypt, Morocco, and Madagascar. The nations were selected due to their abundant marine ecosystem on the coast of Hurghada, the breathtaking Ourika Valley, and the vibrant art scene at the La Fondation H respectively.